Rio Ferdinand names England player set to win ‘at least three Ballon d’Ors’

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has tipped Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham to go on and win at least three Ballon d’Or awards in his career.

Ferdinand believes the midfielder has the ability and mentality required to win the individual accolade.

Bellingham has enjoyed a stunning start to life at Madrid after joining them this summer in a £113m move from Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year-old has already scored five goals in his opening four matches.

Ferdinand, speaking on BBC Radio 5Live, said: “He is going to be pitted against people like Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, and I would say right now, comfortably, that none of those players were doing anything like what he’s doing at this age and that’s the yardstick.

“So, he can go on and win Ballon d’Ors. I’ll be very surprised if this kid doesn’t finish his career with at least one, maybe two or three Ballon d’Ors, because I think he’s that good.”